Hypocrisy on steroids: It’s been a year, Nicola Sturgeon. Where are your refugees? By Steerpike. Nicola Sturgeon is the First Minister of Scotland and the leader of the Scottish National Party.
This time last year, as images of refugees fleeing Syria dominated the news, a host of charitable figures offered to do their bit and take refugees into their home. Exasperated that David Cameron was not allowing enough refugees into Britain, Sir Bob Geldof, Yvette Cooper and Nicola Sturgeon were among those who publicly vowed to lead by example.
Here is Nicola Sturgeon promising to personally take in refugees (at 19 seconds, the rest dwindles away into poli-speak).
So, one year on and with the need never greater, do you think these PC virtue signalers followed through on their personal commitments?
- When Yvette Cooper said that she would take a refugee into her home ‘if that’s what it took and that’s what was needed’, the former shadow Home Secretary wasn’t actually referring to child refugees. Her spokesman says that she never volunteered to be a foster parent as this is a full-time job that requires training.
- Bob Geldof offered to house not one, not two, but three refugee families last July after branding the government’s response an ‘absolute sickening disgrace’. However, when Mr S approached, he declined to make a public comment at this time regarding the refugee situation — though Steerpike is assured that refugees remain a cause close to his heart.
- Nicola Sturgeon? Although Sturgeon’s spokesman admits that she is yet to do so, they say this is simply because there has been no need to. … Of course with a number of Syrian refugees who have been given sanctuary in Rothesay complaining that the area is ‘where people come to die’, Mr S suspects they wouldn’t say no to the offer of a stay in the beautiful Bute House, in Edinburgh.
Oh so much easier to make promises on behalf of other people, isn’t it?
hat-tip Stephen Neil